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Tour of Britain sees biggest ever television audience

Below is a story from organisers of the Tour of Britain which culminated in Surrey this year.

This year’s Tour of Britain cycle race has been hailed as a resounding success and also enjoyed its largest ever television audience, with almost a million viewers tuning in to watch either live coverage or highlights on each day of the eight day race.

The 2012 Tour was the first ever to be screened live on ITV4, with the channel showing 16 hours of live action, drawing an average of 382,000 viewers across the eight days of the race, as Britain’s Jonathan Tiernan Locke became the first home winner of a Tour of Britain since 1989. In a year of unprecedented British sporting success, The Tour of Britain was no exception, with World Champion Mark Cavendish winning three stages and British teams and riders winning three of four available competitions within the race.

Mirroring the nationwide growth of interest in cycling, daily audiences for The Tour’s one-hour highlights programmes were up just over 12% from 2011, attracting an average reach of 526,000 viewers per evening on ITV4.

“Live television brought a new dimension to the 2012 Tour of Britain,” said Alastair Grant, Commercial Director of organisers SweetSpot Group. “Our spectators and guests at finishes could watch the stage unfold, while for the first time viewers at home could also enjoy the spectacle of the race and the battle for the IG Gold Jersey.

“The excellent viewing figures demonstrate the popularity of The Tour of Britain with fans and its continued growth as a major event on the British sporting calendar.”

The Century TV produced coverage of The Tour of Britain was also broadcast live across more than 130 countries, showcasing British scenery to viewers across the world and providing brand exposure for event sponsors to audiences of millions across five continents in 2012.
The 2012 Tour of Britain took place between Sunday 9 and Sunday 16 September 2012

Stage One Sunday 9th September Ipswich to Norfolk Showground
Stage Two Monday 10th September Nottingham to Knowsley
Stage Three Tuesday11th September Jedburgh to Dumfries
Stage Four Wednesday 12th September Carlisle to Blackpool
Stage Five Thursday 13th September The Stoke-on-Trent Stage
Stage Six Friday 14th September Welshpool to Caerphilly
Stage Seven Saturday 15th September Barnstaple to Dartmouth
Stage Eight Sunday 16th September Reigate to Guildford

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